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Lawn Mowing 101 – Spiral or Rows?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Gardening | 0 comments

Lawn Mowing 101 – Spiral or Rows?

When searching for the perfect mowing efficiency many questions like what equipment and what blades should be used, how high the grass should be cut, at what time of the day should the mowing and many more are asked. There’s always an answer for all of these and people with the right experience will get it for you. There is, however, one tiny problem which causes specialists, gardening companies and homeowners to struggle and get confused – should you mow your lawn in a spiral or rows? There’s a simple answer to that, too and we will get to that with the help of simple mathematics. Below, we will show you two lawns with the same size – 10 by 15 metres or 150 square metres in total. For the sake of simple explaining, this is an empty lawn. Bigger areas with garden sheds, ponds and other garden features, require a different approach. When cutting the lawn, take in mind one thing – never go over the same area more than once.   As you can see the area which must be covered is the same. In these terms, it’s a tie between the two methods. But if you look closely, you will see one significant difference. When using the rows method you make an equal amount of left and right turns, as with the spiral method you only make left turns. Some specialists in the field, claim that this causes wear to the lawn mower. This is not backed up with solid data, so we can’t use it as an argument. With the rows method we find another advantage – mulch is spread equally to your lawn. We recommend if you use the spiral method to use a bag and distribute the mulch evenly. With that said we can conclude on this topic. To Conclude the Topic About Row or Spiral Mowing You can say that both of the methods  are equal in terms of area covered. However, the row method has a few advantages and this is why it’s our winner today. For more interesting articles read our official lawn mowing blog or follow us on...

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The Three Most Common Lawn Diseases

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Gardening | 0 comments

The Three Most Common Lawn Diseases

Even if you take perfect care to your lawn and maintain it correctly there’s always a chance you will deal with a lawn disease of some sort. Most of the time cells which carry the diseases can be found in the turf but they cause trouble only when your lawn is under stress. Lawn stress can be observed under many circumstances – during summer or winter for example. It can be caused by unusual temperatures, drought or water excess, pest or cutting it too low. If you identify the disease you would be able to come up with a solution and won’t risk further damage to your lawn. This short guide lists the three most common lawn diseases, how to spot them on time and prevent them from happening. Fusarium The first on our list is the Fusarium. The Fusarium is a type of fungi  which damages lawns but more importantly agricultural crops. This affects the human immune system. In the home environment, a lawn which has  the Fusarium disease can also bring harm to pets. How to recognise it? Look for brown areas on your turf. Their size varies but it doesn’t exceed 7-8 cm in diameter. Around the patch, sometimes there are white or pink fluffy fungus growing. The next two weeks, these patches die and form bare ground in the same shape and size. The lawn recovers if the weather is warm enough but the problem can intensify if  the disease occurs before or during the winter. Eventually, the damaged area will heal when the lawn starts growing in its active season. This depends on its type. The Fusarium appears when your lawn has remained wet through a longer period of time. The disease is more common to the rainy seasons as dews also help its spread. To avoid it, make sure you don’t lay turf in shady areas where there’s less air flow. Aerate the soil as enough oxygen is the key to a healthy turf. And most importantly – if you want to prevent Fusarium affect your lawn make sure you water it according the season, temperatures and weather conditions. Red Thread The second common disease is the Red Thread. As of permanent effects on the lawn, the Red Thread is not that dangerous. However, it is really aesthetically unpleasant and the turf still requires time to recover. To recognise it, look for areas of your lawn with bright pink colouring, dried and dead leaves and stems of your turf and formations which look like red needles. The Red Thread is seen where there are low nitrogen levels. The fertility of the soil correlates with these levels, and the lower the levels the more dead leaves there are. The different kinds of grass have different susceptibility to the disease. The perennial Ryegrass is commonly infected with the diseases. The disease can be avoided with using the right fertiliser (with the proper amount of nitrogen) for your type of lawn and according to the climate in your area. Fairy Rings The last and most severe lawn disease is the Fairy Rings. To recognise it you should look for rings of dark green grass with mushrooms or fungi. There are three types of Fairy Rings and one of them can actually kill your lawn. The rings of this type can reach from 10 up to 30 centimetres in diameter and can be found in the beginning of the spring or during the autumn. To deal with the Fairy Rings you have two options. The first one is to mask the rings with nitrogen or iron sulphate....

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Sprinkler Systems – What Should You Know (Part 2)

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Gardening | 0 comments

Sprinkler Systems – What Should You Know (Part 2)

From our last article about the basics of sprinkler systems we’ve learned a couple of important things. How does a sprinkler system operate and the essentials of lawn irrigation. With this next article we will discuss mainly the most important thing – water conservation and reducing costs. How To Conserve Water With a Sprinkler System? How many of you know, a sprinkler system can save a household a lot of money? This of course doesn’t mean any irrigation system is like that. But the ones which are properly planned, installed and maintained will sure decrease the water usage while in the same time your lawn will remain greener than ever and your landscape will be blooming. So here are the seven essential tips for keeping your backyard healthy without actually breaking the bank. Number One: Don’t Overdo It Too much water is not good even in the hot summer days. That’s because, your soil can absorb just the right amount depending on its type. This will not only make your lawn muddy but eventually ruin the turf. As an alternative, split your watering sessions in smaller portions with a pause of at least an hour between them. The good thing is that modern irrigation systems come with a built-in controller which can do everything stated above for you with just a push of a button. Number Two: Climate and Hours As you may know, here in Australia the climate is different and temperatures vary between 15 and 20 degrees in the winter and 30-35 degrees in the summer. With the winter coming, you should know what are the most suitable hours for watering – from 9 in the morning until noon. During this period the turf is cool and there will be no water loss through evaporation. Avoid doing it in the evening too, so diseases and pests don’t spread. Remember, this is true only for the winter. There are other rules regarding the blistering heat during the summer. Number Three: Zoning Is Essential As said, in the previous article, setting different zones in your garden and choosing different watering settings for them not only can save water but also help your landscape develop. Number Four: Try Watering Only Things You Want to Grow This means properly aiming your sprinklers so you don’t water any garden accessories, footwalks or anything which doesn’t need watering. Number Five: Dripping Irrigation Dripping irrigation is the use of long tubes with holes in them. These are perfect if you want to water areas of your garden with smaller plants. This type of watering reduces to a minimum any evaporation or the water going somewhere you don’t want it to go. It also reduces the risk of weeds, fungi and other nasty things. Number Six: Every Now And Then Inspect Your Garden Even if you’re doing everything like it’s specified in the books, there still might be a problem with malfunctions or clogged parts of the tubes of your sprinklers. Number Seven: Be Prepared For The Season Weather in Australia is mild compared to other parts of the world but there are still some things that need consideration. Rain is the biggest enemy of the sprinkler. What you probably didn’t know is that last year in Melbourne alone there was more rain per square meter than in London. The good thing is that automatic sprinkler systems come with a humidity detecting function and when there’s rain they turn off. Talk about technology break-through! As you can see an automatic sprinkler system can really save you a lot of money. With this second part we discussed...

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Irrigation Systems – Watering Your Lawn The Easy Way (Part 1)

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Gardening | 0 comments

Irrigation Systems – Watering Your Lawn The Easy Way (Part 1)

Irrigation systems or sprinkles are one of those lifehacks that make your work at home a lot more enjoyable. You know how hard it is to do it all by hand and it’s definitely not fun, that’s for sure. So, a sprinkler system at home? Here are the few things you have to know if installing one at your property. First of all, why is the irrigation system preferable? Because it requires an exact amount of water. This will ensure your lawn will get the right amount of water and will cut costs. This way you will be sure that the water is distributed evenly across your property. Something which is impossible to achieve by hand. How Does A Sprinkler System Operate? Well, first of all we will start with the basic components of a system like this. You have the electric controller which turns the system on and off and it’s basically the brains of the whole thing. It also tells the system which part of the property needs watering and when. The watering itself is done through pipes placed underground and nozzles which are near the surface. When the system is turned on, the pipes fill with pressure and the nozzles simply pop-out. Knowing this will help you understand just how complex a system like this actually is. And that is why a contractor should be consulted. There are numerous things which need consideration before installing garden irrigation in Melbourne. Things such as local authority permission, what material is required for the pipes, what type of valves are needed… The list goes on. Irrigation Essentials Probably, the most important thing when setting up a sprinkler system is zoning. Zoning is used to determine which part of your lawn should get the proper amount of water. For example – the corner of your property is under a tree. This usually means that it requires a smaller quantity of water. That is why your sprinkler should be set up to distribute the right amount or you could flood your lawn and damage the turf. Stay tuned for our next article, where we will discuss some tips on garden irrigation. You will learn the secrets of getting a nice lawn without wasting water and of course… Without breaking the...

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Robot Lawn Mowers – What Should You Know?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Gardening | 0 comments

Robot Lawn Mowers – What Should You Know?

A relatively new choice for people who want their lawn to remain in a perfect condition is the robot lawn mower. But with their hefty price and a number of disadvantages, are they really worth it or is it just another luxury for people who can afford it? First and foremost, the question that concerns everyone is how much does it cost? There are different prices on the market but they all vary between 1,300 and 4,000 dollars. Bearing that in mind, we can proceed to evaluating the different characteristics of the automatic lawn mower or robot lawn mower. What Does Your Property Require? Asses the features of your property – your lawn size, shape and whether or not there are any obstacles in the way like a pool, rocks or decorations. Robot mowers can bypass these obstacles easily and they can deal with any lawn shape. This is achieved by embedding a wire in the turf, across the area. This wire acts as a borderline and it restricts the robot from leaving the lawn. According to the price you pay, these lawn mowers’ range also varies from 200 square meters to up to two acres. Before deciding on your price range, bear in mind that other features of the robot including durability, also depend on how much money you pay. How Well Does A Robot Lawn Mower Performs? The recharge time also varies according to the type of your robotic lawn mower. It may take from 3 to more than 24 hours to fully charge its batteries. This is done in a charging station placed in a convenient place. The robot then automatically leaves its station and docks whenever its batteries run out. Bear in mind that robotic lawnmowers require more time than a human does. Not only that but these machines can’t tell the difference if it’s raining or the weather is dry and this will ruin the turf. The design and the features as well as the price of the robotic lawn mower have yet to be improved. For the same price you can pay a company to do that for you… For the next three...

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